Reign of Winter

Meeting the New Neighbors

27 Neth, 4713 – Iobaria, The Hoofwood

Before the party can make plans, a group of nine frost giants attack the Hut with boulders and massive tree-clubs, certain that Baba Yaga has returned to inflict some calamity upon them. The Hut leaps into action and defends itself from the attack without any prompting from the characters. The battle is swift and vicious outside, but to all those watching inside, they feel very little in terms of shaking or impacts. After a few minutes, the battle is over and nine frost giants lay dead in the snow in the midst of a forest-lined clearing.

The PCs exit the Dancing Hut to inspect the carnage. Many of the bodies bear the marks of battle, deep cuts, blood, broken limbs and even some limbs missing. The Hut does not even show a scratch even though the party witnessed at least a dozen impacts by boulders and clubs slammed into the side of the Hut. Examining the nearby woods, and general natural signs, Svala makes a guess they are located in the Eastern part of Iobaria in what she says is the Hoofwood Forest. What little she knows of the legends of Artrosa is that it was located in the East and North from her homelands around Kridorn. She says they should head East until they find some landmarks or otherwise which can give them a clue as to their exact whereabouts and any information regarding Artrosa.

Although dressed for the weather, the party finds the travel slow as they no longer have their sleds from Irrisen. After roughly an hour of trudging through the snow they encounter a large hunting party of centaurs. One of the scouts in the group says he witnessed the party come out of the Dancing Hut after destroying a large band of frost giants. Although mistrust is high when word of Baba Yaga’s Hut is mentioned, the party is able to apply charm (and large amounts of Diplomacy) and eventually win over the trust of the centaur group. They agree to lead the PCs to their camp so they can talk to Clan Chief Korak Kaag

Not long after the groups depart together, the sun begins to set, Aiwendil senses this is much earlier in the day from what the group is accustom and makes an inquiry with the centaurs who state that this is typical for this time of year. When pressed, the centaurs relate that the date is 27 Neth. The party realizes that somehow not only has the Hut transported across distance but maybe across time as well. Alabaster mentions another possibility that time works differently inside the Hut than outside. Either way the party knows it is several months later than when they left. The group sets up camp for the night and there are no encounters.

out over night and proceed the next day to arrive at the centaurs’ main tribal compound and camp. The PCs are met by and large with awe as most centaurs have had very little contact with humans, let alone seen one. The PCs are brought to

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